To be eligible for dental implants, you need to be missing one or more teeth and have good bone density, healthy gums, and good overall health. If you meet these requirements, you are well on your way to restoring your smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent teeth replacement solutions that not only look and feel like natural teeth but are also easy to care for and long-lasting. While there are many different kinds of dental implants, most are made from titanium “roots” connected to dental crowns and implanted in the jawbone.
Unlike other tooth-replacement methods, dental implants offer benefits like:
- Replacement for single, multiple, or even full sets of teeth
- Gum protection
- Support for jawbone and facial structure
- Long-term solution
- Improved smile and self-confidence
- Easy maintenance
- Ability to eat all kinds of foods
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
While dental implants offer a range of benefits, not everyone is a good candidate. To quality for implants, you must:
- Have Enough Bone Density to Support the Implant – Dental implants are inserted into and fused with the jawbone, so your bone needs to be strong and dense enough to support the implant. Poor density can cause the implant to loosen or fall out.
- Have Healthy Gums – Dental implants are also supported by the gums. Dental implants can shift or fall out if your gums are weak, inflamed, or otherwise unhealthy, so your gums need to be in top shape.
- Don’t Grind or Clench Your Teeth – Jaw clenching, called bruxism, can seriously damage dental implants.
- Be in Good Health – Though it is a straightforward procedure, getting dental implants is still surgery. The healthier you are overall, the greater the likelihood of success. Your dentist will most likely ask you general health questions like: Do you smoke? Are you on any medication? Do you drink alcohol? Do you have underlying conditions like diabetes?
Seek Treatment as Soon as You Can
If you don’t meet the above requirements right now, don’t worry. There are ways you can increase your chances of having a successful implant procedure, like treating gum disease or bruxism or improving your overall health by quitting smoking, getting more exercise, or reducing drinking.
However, it’s best to get started as soon as you can as missing teeth can have serious side effects like:
- Teeth shifting
- TMJ or TMD
- Trouble eating and speaking
- Changed face shape
- Gum disease and tooth decay
- Loss of self-confidence
Dental Implants Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry
Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is here to help if you’re interested in learning more about or seeing if you qualify for dental implants in Rocky Point and Huntington, Long Island.
Our dentists have the experience and advanced techniques necessary to give you back your oral health and a full, beautiful smile. Call today to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Long Island dentists to learn more about our dental implant services. Finally, we adhere to strict COVID-19 safety precautions and are open to all patients. Thank you for wearing a mask.